What you need to know before you start
Before you start with wordpress, you will need a domain name and a web hosting service. A domain name is your name on the Internet, it’s the address you type into your browser to access your favorite websites.
For example, if you want to access Gᴏᴏgle, you type gᴏᴏgle.cᴏm in your browser’s address bar. Gᴏᴏgle.cᴏm is the domain name of Gᴏᴏgle. Just like gᴏᴏgle.com takes you to the Gᴏᴏgle website when you register your own domain name, typing it in the browser will bring visitors to your website. In other words, it is the address of your website on the Internet. A web host is a dedicated computer, with a constant connection to the Internet, that listens to requests from your website and responds accordingly. Your web host is where your domain name will take your visitors and it’s also where wordpress will run in order to deliver the content you created to them.
When a visitor types your domain name into their web browser, the browser goes to your web host, your web host then runs WordPress to retrieve a web page and sends it back to the browser.
In this article, we’ll show you how to set up your own domain name and choose a web hosting service. We will also cover a few important points when choosing each one.
Understanding domain name extensions
The domain name extension is the part of the domain that comes after the period, that is, .cᴏm or .net. When registering your domain name, you should first decide what type of domain name extension is best for you and then research its availability. If you are flexible with the domain name extension you use, then choosing an alternative extension could be a great way to get your first choice of domain name if your name is already taken in an extension. When you think of domain names, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is “.com”. But .cᴏm is just one of the many types of domain name extensions available for registration. You are probably familiar with .net, .ᴏrg, and .edu, but in recent years even more possibilities have been created with very specific domain name extensions introduced such as .accᴏuntant, .beer, .cafe, and .xyz. Other things to consider when registering a domain
There are other considerations when registering a domain name:
- Domain Name Privacy – When registering a domain name, you need to provide a lot of personal information such as your name, address and contact details.
- This is a requirement for registering a domain, however, most registrars offer a domain name privacy service, where for a small fee the registrar will provide their own contact details to the place your own and forward any important correspondence relating to the originating domain. personal details.
- Is Your Domain Name User Friendly (Search Engine Optimization)? Does it contain a keyword or phrase that can help people find your website? Does it suit your brand?
- Is your domain name easy to remember? Unless it’s your business name, we recommend that you have a maximum of 3 to 5 words.
- How long do you want this domain name for? Most registrars will allow you to register the domain name for up to 10 years. While most won’t offer a rebate for the upfront payment, there are some benefits such as preventing the risk of unsubscribing if you forget to pay for your renewal.
- It is also supposed to be an SEO tactic to have a domain name registered well in the future, as it shows that the site is probably more authentic.
Registering your domain name
To register your domain name, you will need to deal with a registrar. The registrar is the company that manages the registration of your domain name. There are a lot of great companies out there to take care of registering your domain name, but we’ll be focusing on a few well-known giants in this space.
Here is a list of some well-known domain registrar websites:
Choose the right host:
Choosing the right host depends on your needs. The best host isn’t always the right host. Running a WordPress site that has thousands of hits per month, a managed WordPress hosting is more likely to be the right host.
From a simple website or blog, cheaper web hosting might be a better solution. It depends on the price, speed and support if needed. Maybe also some features you need to run your website. Changing hosts is a big undertaking. In addition to the regular setup that you need to undertake when hiring a new web hosting service, you will also need to take steps to back up all of your existing data from your current hosting. This data will then need to be moved to your new host and the host specific configuration details will need to be updated. It is also not possible to transfer your domain name to a new registrar within the first 60 days after registering it. So if you decide to change your hosting company and you’ve purchased your domain from your current hosting company, you won’t be able to transfer it until 60 days have passed since registration. Start with basic web hosting and upgrade to a better hosting package later if the decision is too hard to make now.
Connecting your domain name to your web host
If you bought your domain name and web hosting from the same company, don’t worry, this section does not apply to you. Most companies will automatically configure the two products to work together out of the box, so there is no further configuration required by you. However, if you have chosen to purchase your domain name and web hosting service from two different companies, you will need to perform a few additional steps:
The connection of your domain name to your web host is done by updating the name servers of your domain to indicate the name servers of your web host. So the first step is to find the name server information for your web host. The name server information for some popular web hosts is given below.
|Web host||Name servers|
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Next to Domains, click Manage.
Select the Zᴏne DNS File tab.
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nameservers specific to your
account, but usually the name
the servers are:
Updating name servers
(For example, GoDaddy)
We’ll cover updating nameservers using gᴏdaddy as an example. However, the process is very similar for all registrars. If you can’t tailor this process to your host, contact their support and they can either point you in the direction of their documentation for their process or complete the change for you.
1. Select the domain name you want to use, click (Settings) and select Manage DNS.
2. Click the Settings tab.
3. Under “Name Servers”, click “Manage”.
4. Under Configuration type, select “Custom”.
5. Click Enter Custom Name Servers.
6. Enter the two custom name servers that your hosting provider gave you and click OK.
Now you know how to register your domain name and register with a web host. If you choose the self-hosted clipboard option, consider all of the factors described in this article to choose both your domain name and your web host; when you’re ready, take the plunge and register your domain name and sign up for your web hosting service. If you continue with the wᴏrdpress.cᴏm option then all you need is to visit wordpress.com and sign up for your account.